TARPON SPRINGS - Traffic is back to normal on U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs Saturday night. The roadway was closed most of the day due to downed power lines and a multi-vehicle incident with two fatalities.
Tarpon Springs police reported that an officer on foot patrol checking businesses in Tarpon Tower heard a loud boom coming from the area of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and U.S 19 about 3 a.m. March 1.
The officer headed to the area and found downed power lines in the road. He attempted to stop traffic headed southbound on U.S. 19; however, two vehicles unavoidably struck the downed lines, the report said.
TARPON SPRINGS - Once, a nursing home flourished on 3.46 acres at 501 S. Walton Ave. But when the tenants vacated the property in 2004, the building was left on its own, in the hands of the city of Tarpon Springs but with little care or attention. Ten years later, it still sits empty, run down and dilapidated.
Now, Harry Burnard of Qualified Property Management in New Port Richey, which works under the name The Burnard Group, wants to buy the building and turn it into an assisted living facility for people with Alzheimer’s disease.
TARPON SPRINGS - The three candidates for the Tarpon Springs City Commission are spending the weeks leading up to the March 11 election introducing themselves to Tarpon residents, including at the final two public forums.
TARPON SPRINGS - About 100 people turned out to the Tarpon Springs Yacht Club on Feb. 26 for a public hearing on the Beckett Bridge construction.
Beckett Bridge, originally constructed as a wooden bridge in 1924 and repaired in 1956, 1979, 1998 and 2011, crosses Minetta and Whitcomb Bayous west of Alternate U.S. Route 19.
But despite all the repairs, Beckett Bridge is considered functionally obsolete because of its narrow width; the sidewalks are only about two feet wide and there are no shoulders or bicycle lanes. The bridge also does not comply with current weight standards, meaning that certain vehicles, including school buses, fire trucks and ambulances, are unable to cross safely.
TARPON SPRINGS - In the soft drizzle of a rainy Saturday morning Feb. 8, dozens of vendors and buyers crowded the parking lot at the corner of Alt. 19 and Tarpon Ave. for the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce’s annual Antique and Treasure Sale.
One table overflowed with cutlery and glassware. Another offered paper mache geckos and herons. A third promised time travel through cinema, boxes of DVDs selling everything from Lizzie McGuire to Cruel Intentions.
TARPON SPRINGS - For the next three years, a bronze mermaid statue will stand in Craig Park, near where the waters of the Whitcomb and Spring bayous meet, looking out on Tarpon Springs.
After a unanimous vote of approval by the City Commission, the Tarpon Springs Public Art Committee will bring an AMA mermaid statue to Craig Park as their first temporary art installation project.
French artist Amaryllis Batailleas will construct the customized sculpture as part of her Amaryllis Art for Charity program, which places unique AMA mermaid statues around the world. According to the project’s website, Ama is the Japanese word for the “Ladies of the Sea,” famous for diving and collecting pearls.
TARPON SPRINGS - After years of construction and traffic, Keystone Road is finally clear, and the speed limit has been raised to accompany the completed project.
In January, the speed limit on Keystone Road was raised from 35 mph to 45 mph, an increase that the Pinellas County Public Works Department had said would take effect when the road was no longer an active construction site.
Antique Alley Spring Antique Show
BELLEAIR BLUFFS – The Spring Antique Show will be presented Sunday, March 9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Antique Alley, 580 N. Indian Rocks Road.
The alley overflows with more than 50 outside antiques vendors at this annual event, plus several charming and eclectic shops that are open year-round. Admission is free and parking is available in designated areas.
Art show and fresh market
ST. PETE BEACH – The Suntan Art Center, 3300 Gulf Blvd., hosts a juried art show and fresh market each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission and parking is free. Call 367-3818 for details.
Corey Fresh Market
ST. PETE BEACH - Corey Fresh Market every Sunday October through May, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the 300 block of Corey Avenue in St. Pete Beach. Corey Fresh Market hosts an average of 50 local vendors, offering roduce, flowers/plants, arts/crafts, specialty foods, live music, special appearances. Free admission and parking. Visit www.coreyave.com or call 727-498-8778.
Kiwanis Club annual fire truck pull
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Club of Seminole will hold its annual fire truck pull, Pulling for Kids, Sunday, March 9, 1 to 3 p.m., at the Seminole Community Library at St. Petersburg College, 9200 113th St. N., south parking lot.
This fundraiser benefits several of the club’s projects, including the Key Club at Seminole High School, the Builders Club at Seminole Middle School, K-Kids at Bauder Elementary School, Every Child a Swimmer and Horses for the Handicapped.
The club is looking for sponsors and teams to register for the event. Adult and teen teams should have no more than eight members, and kids’ teams should have 10 to 12 members. Cost per team is $150.
For more information, call Steve Zazzaro at 432-3544.
Latin ballroom dance classes
ST. PETE BEACH – The St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, offers Latin ballroom dance class on Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., from Feb. 24 to March 17.
The cost is $40. For more information, visit www.spbrec.com or call 363-9245.
Non-Trivial Pursuits CLEARWATER – The next Non-Trivial Pursuits program will be presented Monday, March 10, 7:30 p.m., at Chapel-By-The-Sea, 54 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach.
The event will feature guest speaker Capt. Tyson Wallerstein. Wallerstein will present Better Weather! Better Fishing! He will make recommendations about where to fish in the area and will offer other helpful fishing tips.
Non-Trivial Pursuits is a long-standing program at Chapel-By-The-Sea offering presentations to the public on various topics. There is no charge for the programs and light refreshments are available. Seat reservations are requested so proper arrangements can be made.
PINELLAS PARK – Senior Solos will meet on the second Monday of the month, 1:30 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Recreation Center, 7625 59th St. N.
Bring a potluck dish to share and pay $2 or pay $5 without a dish.
All singles 55+ are welcome.
Call Pat at 520-8797 for more information.
Speak Easy Toastmasters Club meeting
PINELLAS PARK – The Speak Easy Toastmasters Club meets Mondays at 6 p.m. at Lin’s K Hibachi Buffet, 7610 49th St. N.
Guests are welcome.
The Toastmasters program helps members become better speakers for their jobs, presentations and meetings.
Call Jim Martin at 536-3392 or email email@example.com.
OLDSMAR – The city of Oldsmar offers high-energy zumba fitness sessions Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m., at the Cypress Forest Recreation Center.
The price is $5 per class with a recreation card or $7.50 per class without a card.
Community Chorus meeting
PALM HARBOR – The Palm Harbor Community Chorus meets Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Crystal Cove Community Church, 6900 County Road, Palm Harbor. No auditions are necessary. For more information, call Anita at 939-2952.